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Roque bucks fake news bill

  • Written by EMontano
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PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry Roque vowed to resign from his post if Sen. Grace Poe’s bill on “fake news” and similar initiatives become laws.

“I promise that if one such law is enacted by Congress, I will resign from my post and I will sue in front of the Supreme Court to challenge its constitutionality,” said Roque yesterday in his briefing in Kalinga.

Roque insisted that Malacañang does not condone fake news, even as some of its officials, including no less than President Rodrigo Duterte, have been accused of spreading false information.

“Malacañang has never tolerated fake news. We maintain that freedom of the press is anchored on responsibilities and one such responsibility is total commitment to the truth,” said Duterte’s spokesman.

Roque, a former lawmaker, again argued that Poe’s bill, which seeks to punish government officials who share fake news, is unconstitutional as it goes against the constitutional provisions that protect freedom of expression.